3 Ways to Style Pantone’s 2022 Color of the Year: Very Peri

3 Ways to Style Pantone’s 2022 Color of the Year: Very Peri

This guide is part of our Overstock Stylist Commentary series, home design tips written by industry experts.


by Amber Dunford
Style Director

Hello! I’m Amber and I’m the Style Director here at Overstock. My background is in interior design and I have a master’s degree in psychology. I love combining these two areas of study to show how homes can provide a sense of emotional well-being. In addition to designing beautiful spaces for Overstock, I teach Design Psychology at Salt Lake Community College. My favorite spaces use natural color palettes, imperfect shapes, and unique pieces that have a story.


Color Psychology of Purple

With both red and blue qualities, Pantone’s color of the year Very Peri represents the range of possibilities present in our current world. Often associated with technology or digital realms, purple seems to be an appropriate hue as it speaks to the ways in which our physical and digital lives have merged in new ways: WFH, zoom calls, smart homes.

When thinking about how to introduce Very Peri into your home decor, there are a few ways to do so successfully. If a moodier relaxed vibe is your thing, opt for the cooler side of this hue and play up the blues. For those who want a livelier space, lean into the warm reds of Very Peri. And when you are craving a space that feels highly energizing, go with a contrasting color palette and pair it with yellows.

Decorating With Blue Undertones

For a more serene space, lean into the cooler side of Very Peri. Think chalkier purples like lavender, watery blues, and deep indigo to give you that sense of calm. The blue undertones in 2022’s color of the year create a soothing effect within the body, lowering blood pressure and heart rate. This color combo is inherently relaxing, making it ideal for a bedroom, reading nook, home work space, or meditation room.

Cooler colors also feel as though they are pushing away from us, so your space will feel larger. To enhance this spaciousness, I would decorate with darker woods and surfaces like soapstone marble or aged nickel.

Decorating With Red Undertones

For a more animated space using Very Peri, work in vibrant tones such as reds or violets. Warmer colors feel as though they are moving towards us, so using a lot of warm tones with this mid-range purple will make a space feel cozier. To add to that effect, I would suggest bringing in medium-toned woods, amber-colored glass, and accents in copper or antiqued bronze. Very Peri can be a bold color to work with, so pairing it with earthier tones can strike a nice balance and help it feel more grounded.

Warm undertones stimulate our pituitary gland and adrenal glands — our appetite and energy. That makes warmer purples great for use in the dining room. Because red undertones raise our heart rate and energy levels, they’re also perfect for hosting events in gathering spaces, such as a living room or family room.

Decorating With Contrasting Color Schemes

For a highly energizing space, pair Very Peri with yellow. Colors opposite of one another on the color wheel (such as purple and yellow) tend to create a more psychologically stimulating space. For that reason, I would suggest this combo for rooms where a lot of activity will happen, such as a game room, playroom, or workout room.

Yellow is a striking color that works best as an accent. To avoid overstimulation, do not combine two highly saturated contrasting colors. Since Very Peri has a mid-range saturation level, go for a more pale sunbaked yellow over a bright lemon yellow. You’ll also want to incorporate yellow hues into your space in smaller ways. For example, a rich velvet throw pillow or an art piece that harmonizes with Very Peri.